Control room and Operation Center projects can be very complex and include several areas of expertise, with many inter-related activities, involving many different functional groups of people. For example a full blown project that sets out to achieve operator excellence must include key activities such as:
  • Work Team design - do you have the right number of people, with the right competencies to fill positions which have workloads that are manageable under all operating conditions
  • Training Modules and Material
  • Control Center design - ensuring that the design of the control room meets the functional requirements while addressing the human factors
  • Alarm Management
  • HMI design
  • Console design
  • Communications
  • Fatigue Management
  • Human Factors
  • Situation Awareness
  • Procedure policy and management
  • Shift Handover
  • Balanced Workload between operators
Managing all these activities requires personnel, not just experienced in project management but should have a proficient understanding of the best practices in all of the above subject matters, and should also have a full understanding of all the elements needed to make a project such as this successful. Finding someone like this within an organization, especially one that has time to dedicate themselves to a project, is rare. Involvement can start as early as the feasibility or FEED stages, through the capital request (AFE) stage (where we can help develop a business case) and into execution and audit. UCDS has highly experienced personnel that can act on your behalf as a project or program manager to ensure that your project is a success. This person would be embedded in your organization as one of your team to provide coordination, guidance and expert knowledge. Whether you take advantage of UCDS's other services (why wouldn't you!) or use other 3rd party vendors. Our project manager will provide an impartial perspective and ensure that best practices are followed and understood during each phase of the project. Having an unbiased expert to help guide your team will ensure that important discussions and alternative solutions are discussed and clearly considered. A 3rd party project manager with expertise in process operations, standards, regulations, as well as human factors will make sure the company is aligned and working together to achieve the desired results and company goals. We offer affordable hourly rates and lump sum depending on the scope of the project.